Typically, in the practice of modern counseling, "individual therapy" sessions last 1 hour with a scheduling frequency rarely exceeding 1 to 2 sessions per/week…
MiBoSpi Recovery believes that it's most optimal for our clients to undergo individual therapy sessions as an "interactive" and "collaborative" experience. We know that an informative and meaningful amount of exchange between the patient and counselor/therapist promotes positive transformation and change.
Our professional, skilled therapists listen to our client's specific yet unique concerns, difficulties, and goals. Our therapists are continuously asking relevant and discerning questions to our clients; to ensure their singular life situation and/or emotional strains are thoroughly analyzed and understood.
We know from experience that some hardships and experiences are distressing and painful to discuss. However, here at MiBoSpi Recovery, we’re dedicated to making our environment a safe and friendly hospice for our clients.
Flotation Therapy is a unique treatment where you can cut out all the stimulus and just relax. Relax into an a safe environment that allows you to release stress, anxiety, and even pain.
How Can Floating Help In The Treatment Of Addictions?
- Relaxation of the mind and the body
- Much like the effects of meditation in terms of reducing anxiety, stress, blood pressure, muscle tension and changing brain wave activity, floatation therapy allows the person to experience a change in their state of being which is more relaxed, and at ease.
- Shifting biochemistry
- As biochemistry and the nervous system shift into a place of relaxation and expansion, the need for substances that are used for this purpose is lessened substantially. Since endorphins (pleasurable, happy chemicals) are released when you float, the biochemical “need” for pleasure is satisfied, thus reduces one’s likelihood of needing to seek out other ways of meeting this need.
- Detoxify the lymphatic system
- Floating in such a high concentration of Epsom salt has the affect of detoxifying the entire lymphatic within a one-hour period. By increasing blood flow to the lymphatic system, the body’s waste-maintenance system will operate more effectively. This detoxification process encourages lymphatic drainage while restoring and maintaining electrolyte balance. As well, increased blood flow to the muscles helps them dispose of lactic acid.
- Increased awareness of internal states
- Floatation cuts out the need to place attention on external events, and instead shifts awareness inwards. With attention placed on one’s internal state, i.e. awareness of how you are feeling, what you are thinking and what is going on inside you, there are no distractions from your internal state.
- As there are no external problems to solve, problem solving can be turned inwards instead. Observing and monitoring the internal state can be motivating to do something about changing it.
- A safe alternative to activate pleasure
- Floatation therapy is safe, gentle and effective at relieving and reducing stress, anxiety, depression or other challenging states and feelings. Since these states can trigger the desire to repeat addictive behaviors for the sake of feeling pleasure as opposed to these pain-related states, the float pod can be a wonderful tool in providing a safe space to relieve both physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal and post-withdrawal.
- Even long after we have quit an addictive behavioral pattern, there are circumstances that will cause us to want to return to the addiction: stress, anxiety, depression, a certain individual, or other.
When we realize there is a chance that we return to our addictive behavior, we can simply take a float, stimulate our pleasure pathways, and avert the return to the habit. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction, why not suggest floatation therapy as a safe and effective way to cope and treat the stress symptoms of addiction.
Also known as horse therapy, equine therapy is an experiential therapy involving one on one work between patient and horse. Equine therapy can be a compelling process of personal development and addressing behavioral concerns. Equine therapy is exercised around the world treating a broad variation of psychological and mental disorders and addiction.
Equine Therapy Process:
Each therapy session is approximately an hour long and facilitated by an equine professional/certified horse professional & a licensed substance abuse counselor. Equine therapy is an experiential therapy meaning you are engaged in an activity learning about yourself while working one on one with a disciplined horse evaluating your behaviors and emotions throughout the process.
- Benefits of equine therapy include:
- Improved self esteem
- Reformed coping abilities
- Immediate feedback of your emotions
- Trust building
- Rebuilding healthy relationships
Working with horses can be a frightening occurrence, specifically for those who know little about it. Horses are like an emotional mirror, they will respond to the feelings we show and respond comparable to the way we would. Attempting to make an animal, weighing one to two thousand pounds, accomplish what YOU want - is not an easy task! If a horse is met with anger, it will respond with stubbornness or bitterness. They will never withhold their emotions; and this attribute can help clients identify their own.
Addicts are familiar with desensitizing their feelings through the use of drugs and alcohol and when they obtain sobriety, most don’t know what to do with, or how to pin point, their feelings. This can be a complicated and discouraging time for an addict but in order to work through them, they must learn to identify their feelings. Horses are an exceptional tool for therapists to aid clients in doing just that.
Is Equine Therapy for me?
If you are looking for something to complement your addiction treatment, Equine therapy is perfect! Promoting an accomplished life free from addiction, equine therapy gives a person the self-reliance and tools they need.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of therapy, empirically proven for success, used to reduce the symptoms relating to past traumatic events and memories. It is used to dampen the power of emotionally charged memories of these traumatic events and/or memories. Additionally, EMDR therapy can be used to treat multiple issues.
- Issues treated with EMDR therapy include:
- Panic attacks
- Sleep disturbances
- PTSD symptoms
- And a variety of other emotional problems
How EMDR Therapy Works
EMDR therapy has a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. It aids in the release of emotionally charged experiences that are “stuck” in the nervous system.
- A target or disturbing thought, feeling, or memory id decided upon by the client.
- Bilateral stimulation (the moving of the eyes in a side to side pattern) is conducted by the therapist.
- Disturbing memories are reprocessed by the brain. The result is a lessening of painful feelings and emotions that were associated with the memory or event. Previous intense emotions are traded for more resolved, peaceful feelings.